On November 26, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia together with the Czech-Latvian Society opened the exhibition “Latvia’s Century” in the Lucerna Passage in Prague.
Ms. Rūta Radiņa, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia, at the exhibition’s opening pointed out it has been made by 68 Latvian Museums. Exhibition is accessible in the National History Museum of Latvia in Riga, but we have the honor to show the translated version in Prague. Rich and complicated Latvian history of the last hundred years is reflected in the exhibition. It reveals not only flourishing, but also tragic and crisis periods. It demonstrates, how the desire for own statehood developed, survived and was established.
The Head of the Czech-Latvian society Mr. Pavel Štoll expressed his delight at the exhibition. He shared his personal memory, the experience of the Czech citizen learning Latvian history. According to him, it was the Latvian family stories about deportations, Soviet occupation, terror, resistance movement and post-war dissent persecution that prepared him for the historical events in the Czech Republic (Velvet Revolution). P. Štoll said Czech people can learn a lot from the history of Baltic countries even today.
It is rather symbolic the exhibition is installed in the Passage Lucerna which is not only an important center of Prague culture, but also property of the former Czech president Václav Havel’s family. A part of the exhibition is devoted to Václav Havel writings in Latvia. The exhibition will be opened to public till December 16. The exhibition is a part of the Centennial program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.